Sprawling Southwestern Resort on Desert Hillside
Three massive regions meet near St. George, Utah—the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin Desert, and the Mojave Desert—creating a strikingly diverse terrain. Here, you’ll find red-rock cliffs, pine-forested mountains, and desert flora. The terrain also reflects millions of years of geological upheaval; many of the city's canyons and caves were forged by flowing lava. Coral Springs Resort is situated amid St. George's breathtaking, eons-old landscape, with rugged boulders and succulent plants dotting the property. Although the resort offers luxurious amenities, visitors often use the property as a jumping-off point to the area’s natural attractions, especially Zion National Park about 45 miles east. It's also near Tuacahn Amphitheatre, a performing-arts center nestled into a box canyon that hosts concerts, Broadway shows, and holiday festivals.
The resort’s posh interiors incorporate a southwestern-Utah aesthetic, with flagstone fireplaces and a sandy color palette that reflects the surrounding geography. Two- or three-bedroom suites sleep up to 10 or 12, respectively, and are equipped with gourmet kitchens and marble bathrooms. One-bedroom suites contain the same amenities in a 1,157-square-foot floor plan designed for two guests. You can kick back on the suede couches and watch movies on the room's Google TV or head outside by the private fireplace for sweeping mountain views. The resort also has tennis and basketball courts and a heated pool that’s open year-round.
St. George, Utah: Old West Town near Zion National Park
St. George is located within southwest Utah’s Dixie region, named for a scheme to grow cotton here in response to a post–Civil War crop shortage. The soil yielded little cotton, but St. George is still known for its landscape, characterized by ruddy soil and sandstone bluffs. Thanks to its varied terrain, St. George is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, who rappel down the Virgin River Gorge and mountain bike along the Santa Clara River Preserve.
Downtown St. George, about 20 miles from Coral Springs Resort, features unique relics from the city's past as a pioneer town. Notorious Old West outlaws are said to have done time at the old town jail, just steps away at the center of Ancestor Square. Despite its historical buildings, the downtown area is home to plenty of contemporary attractions, including Main Street’s art galleries and pottery studios.
The resort lies halfway between downtown St. George and Zion National Park, which draws about 2.6 million visitors annually to its dramatic canyons and limestone cliffs. Kolob Arch, one of the world’s longest natural arches, is located near the Kolob Canyons at the northern end of the park. A hike around the park may reveal peregrine falcons, Mexican spotted owls, desert bighorn sheep, or desert tortoises.